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Service-learning has new home in Inclusion and Community Engagement Center

Jennifer Rames

Jennifer Rames

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(April 16, 2012) -- UTSA has a new home for service-learning in the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center. Jennifer Rames is now the associate director of service-learning, charged with designing and coordinating a comprehensive service-learning program across the university.

>> Faculty are invited to meet service-learning staff and talk with faculty involved in service-learning from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 16 in the Frio Street Building Multipurpose Room (1.402) at the Downtown Campus.

"The first task is to begin to gather information about all of the great service-learning work already being done by students and faculty in our community," said Rames. "From there, we will be reaching out to faculty and helping design projects that will support their curricular goals and meet community needs. Service-learning presents a great opportunity to engage students in experiential, active learning that will allow them to help solve real problems and make change in the community."

Rames began April 1 in the newly created position of associate director of service-learning. Previously, she coordinated UTSA volunteer programs including United to Serve and Alternative Spring Break, among others, and advised the sponsored student organization VOICES since July 2007.

She earned a M.S. in Higher Education Administration in Student Affairs from Texas A&M University and coordinated volunteer programs in the Department of Student Activities at TAMU before joining the UTSA staff.

Contact Jennifer Rames and Service-Learning staff at or 210-458-4770, or visit the UTSA Service-Learning website.



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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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